Doha, 10 March 2014
The British Council's Education UK Exhibition opens today at the Radisson Blu, showcasing the best British higher education institutions and the growing educational ties between Qatar and the UK. A flagship initiative of the recently-launched British Festival 2014, the Education UK Exhibition offers anyone interested in pursuing a UK education the chance to meet 21 UK institutions.
The UK remains a preferred destination for students from Qatar. UK's Higher Education Statistics Agency announced last week that in 2013, 1,490 students from Qatar were studying in the UK - an increase of 16% from the previous year. Of those students, about three-quarters are pursuing undergraduate degrees and roughly one quarter is pursuing postgraduate degrees. In the recently published QS World University Rankings 2013/14, four of the top six universities in the world are in the UK. The same QS report also surveyed 27,000 graduate employers and found that graduates from UK universities are among the most employable, with employers rating five UK universities among the world's top 10.
The Education UK Exhibition will be open 4:30-8:30pm on Tuesday 11 March and Wednesday 12 March 2014. The exhibition is hosted in the Giwana Ballroom at the Radisson Blu. All visitors will get the chance to win a free trip to experience student life at the University of Central Lancashire or the University of St Andrews. To register for the event, visit qa.edukexhibitions.org/.
Martin Hope, Director of the British Council Qatar said: "Employers in Qatar and around the world respect the renowned quality and value of a British education, which empowers students with the skills, qualifications and connections they need to launch a successful career. We are proud to launch this year's Education UK Exhibition and delighted to see Qatar and the UK deepen educational ties through constant collaboration, educational exchange and knowledge sharing. This exhibition and wider British Festival 2014 are powerful vehicles for ongoing exchange between the two countries in the areas of education, culture, science and sport."
British Festival 2014
aims to build a high-quality legacy programme for the immensely popular Qatar UK 2013 Year of Culture, which engaged over 175,000 people through an intense international programme of 80 events last year. The Education UK Exhibition is one of several ongoing British Council programmes engaging Qatari students and cementing a legacy of educational exchange between the two countries.
For the latest updates on the British Festival 2014, follow the British Council Qatar's official social media channels (http://www.facebook.com/BritishCouncilQatar ; https://twitter.com/qaBritish) and the hashtag #BritFestQA. The British Festival is supported by Qatar Shell and BAE Systems.
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The British Council has a long-standing presence and has a strong brand in Qatar. Our work in English language teaching, the arts, education and social development has undergone enormous growth over the last three years. It is highly valued by local stakeholders who understand how it supports Qatar's ambition to be a knowledge hub for the region.
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We work in more than 100 countries and our 7,000 staff - including 2,000 teachers - work with thousands of professionals and policy makers and millions of young people every year by teaching English, sharing the Arts and delivering education and society programmes.
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